After leaving the team he spent the last 13 seasons with and made a name for himself, Dwyane Wade returns to Miami for the first time to face his old team the Heat, but as a member of the Chicago Bulls this time. The Bulls come to South Florida with an even record of 4-4, while the Heat sits at 2-4. It will be the first time he sets foot in American Airlines Area as an opponent, rather than a city legend.

Face of the Franchise

Drafted in the 2003 NBA Draft as the fifth overall pick, coming out of Marquette University, Wade came to a franchise that hadn't made the playoffs in two seasons. In his first season with the Heat, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game and was named to the 2003-04 all-rookie team.

In 2006, Wade, along with help from centre Shaquille O'Neal, led the Heat to an NBA finals victory over the Dallas Mavericks in a five-game series, during which Wade led all scorers in points with 208 and steals with 16, while also grabbing a total of 47 rebounds and getting 23 assists. For his accomplishments, Wade was named the Finals MVP, while also giving the Heat their first championship in franchise history.

In 2010, the Heat added additional superstar talent, bringing in LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Bosh from the Toronto Raptors. Together they became known as the big three. In their first year together, the Heat made it back to the finals where they lost to the team they beat in 2006, the Mavericks.

The next year, they made it back and won this time, securing a title against the Oklahoma City Thunder, beating in four out of five games. The Heat repeated their finals run the next year winning a seven-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. Over the course of his career with the Heat, Wade has been named to the all-star team 12 times, won three NBA championships, and was named to the All-NBA First Team twice.

He's Back

When Wade took the floor at American Airlines for the first time as a Bull on Thursday, the fans went wild and gave him a standing ovation. There was also a tribute video of him, showing all of his greatest highlights in a Heat uniform. They wanted him to know that even though he moved, he was still a part of their hearts and It was almost like he never left.

The Heat started the game off going on a 12-4 run during the first two minutes and 18 seconds of the game, during which two shots were taken from beyond the arc from Dion Waiters and Luke Babbitt respectively. The Bulls, however, started to show power, going on a 12-0 run to take the lead by three. Wade made two shots, and Jimmy Butler made two good free throws from the charity stripe. For the rest of the way, both teams went back and forth until halftime came and both teams were tied at 53-53.

When the third quarter started, both the Bulls and Heat went back and forth again, and with 54 seconds left in the quarter with the Bulls down by two, Robin Lopez nailed a two-pointer from seven feet to tied it 70-70 and it remained as the score until the quarter ended.

The fourth quarter started off with Tyler Johnson scoring a three for the Bulls, but Nikola Mirotic shot a three-pointer for the Heat to tie it up. It went back and forth again until the Bulls found themselves leading 88-84 with 2:20 left. The Heat cut the lead by two on a downtown shot from Josh Richardson, but the Bulls went back up by six. With one second left, Richardson made another three-pointers, but is wasn't enough as the Bulls won 98-95. In his first time back in Miami, Wade only managed 13 points and seven rebounds. Whether he played great or not, Wade made himself known what his legacy was with the Heat and it won't be forgotten.

Follow the page NBA
Follow
Don't miss our page on Facebook!